Let’s just be real! There are some people in this life who are just plain ole miserable. They are difficult and hard to get along with. I call them “Sandpaper people.” These are the people that rub us the wrong way or are constantly getting under our skin for one reason or another. You can try and change them but more often than not you are probably like me and just want to run from them, LOL.
God uses “sandpaper people” in our lives to show us what’s on the inside of us and where we need to grow and change. It also stretches us, challenges us, teaches us how to grow in love and extend grace to others.
There are several uses for sandpaper.
Preparing wood– It smoothes surfaces before paint is applied. It helps paint adhere to the object better.
Removing stains– It actually can remove stains better and faster than harsh chemicals.
Polishing– It can smooth metal surfaces by taking the rust of surfaces. It can can also polish rough or gagged edges.
Enhance– It can make round places smoother or make edges more defined.
Can you notice how the uses of sandpaper are also similar to how God is working on us? God is trying to smooth the rough places out of our lives. He’s removing the stains that are on us from what the trials of life have done to us. He is polishing our rusty surfaces so more of Him can be seen. He is enhancing, smoothing, changing and shifting our perspective.
You can run like I jokingly said above but if you get rid of one sandpaper person, there will be 2-3 more that takes their place. I swear they multiply, LOL! I think it requires a shift in our perspective and how we view them. We need to remember God created them and he loves them, so we need to CHOOSE to see them the way God does. A lot of the time they are just desperate for people’s approval, to just be noticed, or they are desperate to fit in and be accepted.
“We are ALL God’s workmanship.”
And can I just tell you that God loves you and approves of you just the way you are precious one.
We must look deeper in ourselves and see beyond what’s going on around us. God’s Word says in 1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening].
When we take the plank or out of our own eye, we can better see with God’s eyes.
I’m learning that in order for me to keep my peace and not let the sandpaper people get under my skin I need to go to God ask him to change my perspective and then do my part which is to look for the good in them. If I do this long enough God will work IN ME. That person may not change but how I view them or how they USE to get under my skin no longer bother me.
Encourage them, bless them, and build them up with your words!
I’m not saying this will be easy, believe me I struggle with this too. But when I apply these things I am better equipped to handle them. Then I also need to realize that I, myself have been the “sandpaper person” in someone else’s life. Ouch that’s hard to believe, right??? 😉 Little ole me a sandpaper person, LOL. Sometimes I get right others times I fail. But that’s ok, just keep trusting good and He will change you and help you.
In the words of my Masters Commission friend, Brody, “Just love people!” Words of wisdom from a young soul. Love God and love people and you’ll be alright.
God bless you sweet friends. I appreciate each one you and it means so that take time out of your busy schedules to stop by Trophy Of Grace. Have a blessed day!